It is official! We have a match!! A son. A SON!! It seems so strange and wonderfully amazing to type those words! We wanted to wait to get the official news from our adoption agency that he is actually going to be ours before sharing. Talk about a tough couple of weeks of waiting! But we now actually have that sweet face to put with our dream! Which means we can begin to focus our energy on getting everything ready for our little man. Our SON!!
Part of the name our little boy was given by the orphanage staff is “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). And he is perfect! In his file it says they gave him the name Qi because “QI means special, we hope he could overcome difficulties in his life and makes others think amazing, so we gave him the name QI.” We DO think he is amazing and special! He is 2 1/2 years old and since he was a week old he has been in an orphanage that offers wonderful therapy and care to the children there. And he has received the best care possible while in this orphanage. In May he went to live with a foster family. We are very happy that he is getting to experience what it is like to live in a family setting. We know it will make it that much harder for him when it is time for us to bring him home but we definitely want him to get to have the best possible experience he can until that time does come.
We are extraordinarily fortunate in that we were sent not just a few pictures of him – but dozens of pictures as well as lots of short little videos. Some of these are from almost a year ago and some are very recent. So we have actually been able to see his progress and watch him grow! What an amazing gift! We don’t know much yet about him as far as his favorite things and such. These are things we hope to learn soon. But for now we know that he is shy with strangers but a “little chatterbox” at home. His paperwork also says that he “has big temper which means he is clever”. Be still my heart! We have watched his videos over and over and memorized the way he cuts his little eyes up at someone or how he moves his eyebrows while he is concentrating. I think he has the cutest little mouth I have ever seen. Dave loves his little nose. We are goofy about him. And we are totally okay with that. Because he is our son. The one we have longed for, dreamed of, and sent kisses. The one for whom we have done our best to wait as patiently as we are able. And the one we will continue to wait for until we are holding him in our arms. Tightly.
Without further ado, please say hello to our son – Gabriel Lin Qi Ray.